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Oct142010

'View' Co-Hosts Storm Off Set in Wake of Bill O'Reilly's Comments

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/Barwall(NEW YORK) -- The View's usually heated discussion boiled over into a verbal brawl Thursday.

After guest Bill O'Reilly declared "Muslims killed us on 9/11," Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk show, stormed off the set.

The Fox News host was discussing President Obama's stance on Park51, a Muslim community center that is slated to be built two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan.

"It's inappropriate because a lot of the 9/11 families who I know say 'Look, I don't want that,'" O'Reilly said.

Behar countered, "This is America." O'Reilly shot back, "Hold it, hold it -- listen to me, because you'll learn."

Boos erupted from The View's audience, and Behar called O'Reilly a pinhead while making a bunny ears gesture behind his head, but O'Reilly plowed on, citing the statistic that "seventy percent of Americans don't want that mosque down there."

When Behar asked, "Where's that poll?" O"Reilly responded by saying "I'll show you that poll in a minute" and offered a new reason for why he thinks that Park51 is inappropriate. "Because Muslims killed us on 9/11," he said.

Goldberg spit out a phrase that was bleeped from the broadcast. Behar stood up and said, "I don't want to sit here. I don't." She walked off stage and Goldberg went with her.

View creator Barbara Walters tried to establish equilibrium after they left.

"I want to say something to all of you," she told the audience. "You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking off stage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened."

Then, she turned to O'Reilly.

"Now let me just say to you, in a calmer voice, it was extremists. You cannot take a whole religion and demean them," Walters said.

O'Reilly offered an apology.

"If anyone felt that I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize," he said.

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Thursday
Oct142010

Report: Christina Aguilera Files for Divorce

Photo Courtesy - Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reports that Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman had no plans to divorce just yet appear to be inaccurate. The couple, who confirmed their separation earlier this week, are apparently kaput. 

Christina has just filed for divorce, reports TMZ.com, and in the petition, she cites "irreconcilable differences."  The petition also states that she and Jordan separated on September 11th of this year. 

TMZ says that according to the petition, there is a prenup in place, and Christina is seeking joint physical and legal custody of her and Jordan's son, two-year-old Max.

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Thursday
Oct142010

For Some Students, 'Teen Mom' Isn't A Cautionary Tale

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than three million people tune in to Teen Mom every week, making it MTV's highest-rated show. The 16 and Pregnant spin-off targets women ages 12-34, gripping the attention of young viewers around the country. The show follows teen moms Amber, Maci, Farrah and Catelynn as they tackle the stresses of being a new parent.

Older adults typically agree the show is a stifling example of what can become of your life if you get pregnant as a teenager.

Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, said the series sends a really powerful pregnancy prevention message.

"MTV is in the entertainment business and [we] are in the teen pregnancy prevention business," said Albert. "Our two worlds have happily and effectively collided to minimize the number of teen pregnancies."

But some young viewers don't view the show as "birth control," but as another reality show to fill the 10 o'clock timeslot on Tuesday nights.

Groups of girls gather on Howard University's campus every week to watch the show. Tressa Blockett, Chastity Bragner, and Dominique Ingram, all juniors at HU, get situated moments before the show. With their laptops open, Twitter pages up, excitement swells as they watch the show's trailer before the episode begins.

"Maci is the best mom, Farrah is the worst mom on the show," Blockett said as the show began.

"Did you see my tweet last week about Amber? That girl has some anger issues," Bragner, a political science major, added. "I'm just ready to see Amber [mother of Leah] punch Gary in the face."

The girls giggled about what scenes they anticipated would be most comical. "This show is purely entertaining," said Blockett, a sports management major at HU. Teen Mom, Jersey Shore…they are all just reality TV shows."

Tuning in weekly to see the drama unfold isn't just a trend on Howard University's campus.

Teen mom and college student Alfreda Turner said she watches the show to see if the girls are going through issues similar to the ones she has faced. Turner gave birth to her 18-month-old son Cameron last April. 

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Thursday
Oct142010

T.I. Talks Jumper Down From Atlanta Rooftop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW York) -- Grammy winning rapper T.I. helped police talk a man out of jumping to his death from a 22-story building in Atlanta.   "He came to the scene and offered to talk to him, we told the young man that, and he came down," Officer James Polite with Atlanta police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The man was taken to a hospital and police say he will face no charges.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was in Atlanta Thursday for a video shoot.  He said when he heard about the man threatening suicide, something in him told him to do whatever he could to help.  Police credit the rapper with helping them avert a potentially devastating situation.

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Thursday
Oct142010

NBC's '30 Rock' Goes Live Thursday Night 

Photo Courtesy - NBC Universal, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Live from New York, it's...30 Rock?  A new episode of the NBC comedy will air live Thursday night on both the East Coast and the West Coast from the same Manhattan studio used by Saturday Night Live.

30 Rock star Tina Fey, a former SNL cast member, says the West Coast version will be slightly different from the version that will be seen in the Eastern time zone earlier in the night.  She says, "We'll probably change jokes from one to another for the fun of it, and we're going to have some special guests on that show, too."  One of those special guests will be Matt Damon.

In the episode, Fey's character, Liz Lemon, becomes upset when her colleagues at NBC forget her birthday.  The episode will air live on both coasts at 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday
Oct142010

Lee DeWyze Debuts Unexpected First Single

Photo Courtesy - RCA Music Group/19 EntertainmentLast week, Lee DeWyze announced he would debut his first single, "Live It Up," on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Wednesday.  He debuted his first single as scheduled, but it wasn't "Live It Up," it was a different song called "Sweet Serendipity."

DeWyze explained to Seacrest that while people who'd heard "Live It Up" liked it, they felt that "Sweet Serendipity" was the song on his album that really "stuck out," so they went with that instead.  The song will be available for download on Oct. 26.

"Sweet Serendipity," which DeWyze said was about "running into good luck by accident," is reminiscent in feel to Kris Allen's "Live Like We're Dying."

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Thursday
Oct142010

Ke$ha Unleashes 'Cannibal' to Accompany 'Animal'

Photo Courtesy - RCA Music Group/Sony Music EntertainmentKe$ha has announced she will be releasing a disc full of new tracks to supplement her original album.  The companion to her hit debut album Animal will be called Cannibal.  It will feature eight new tracks and a new remix and will be available for purchase separately, and as part of a deluxe Animal repackage called, Animal + Cannibal.

Cannibal is set to hit stores Nov. 22.  The first single, "We R Who We R," hits radio this week.

In a statement, Ke$ha, who's up for three American Music Awards, said, "The only goal with this record is to keep my rowdy, gorgeous fans dancing.  The songs on Cannibal were made to inspire people to ignore any hate or judgment and be themselves unapologetically...I hope you guys like it.  And if you don't like it, bite me."

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Thursday
Oct142010

The Academy Awards Are Staying Put

Photo Courtesy - Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A schedule change for the Academy Awards is not in the offing for 2012.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences discussed the possibility of moving the event to either late January or early February beginning in 2012, but its board of governors has put the idea on the back burner for now.

The Academy said in a statement that its board of governors "has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February.  A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy's staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Academy wasn't prepared to make such a bold move, in part because ABC, which owns the broadcast rights to the Oscars, "is not prepared to sell an earlier awards show."

This year's Oscars were held later than usual, on March 7, due to the Winter Olympics.  The 2011 Oscars will be staged on Feb. 27.

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Thursday
Oct142010

'Billboard' Touring Awards Nominees Announced

Photo Courtesy - Live Nation Entertainment/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, U2 and Taylor Swift are among the nominees for this year's Billboard Touring Awards, which recognize the top touring artists and tours of the year.

U2's 360 Tour and Bon Jovi's The Circle Tour are both up for the Top Tour Award, which recognizes the trek that earned the most money, and the Top Draw Award, which recognizes the tour that sold the most tickets.  Swift is nominated for the Top Package Award, for the tour she did this past year with her friend Kellie Pickler and the group Gloriana.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are up for the Breakthrough Award, which goes to the artist who is still in their first decade as a headlining act, but has managed to earn enough money on the road to rank among the highest-grossing tours of the year.  Bieber's My World is also up for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, because of its sponsorship deal with Xbox, while Gaga's Monster Ball tour is up for the same award for its sponsorship deal with Virgin Mobile.

The awards will be handed out Nov. 4 in New York City.

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Thursday
Oct142010

Far East Movement Flying High 'Like a G6' with Platinum Hit

Photo Courtesy - CherryTree Record/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Far East Movement's dance track "Like a G6" is a smash hit on the charts, and now it has been certified platinum for one million downloads.  In fact, Tuesday, after the four-man group performed in New York City's Times Square, their record label presented them with their platinum awards.

The award meant a lot to Far East Movement, especially because back in the day, they actually used to work for their record company as interns.  Group member Kev Nish told ABC News Radio, "To see the logos of the label that we used to intern at on there, with our names, saying 'one million sold' -- I mean, you couldn't see under our shades, but we might've gotten a little foggy....we were really grateful and appreciative."

The track's hook about "popping bottles" and "getting slizzard" is taken from a completely different song called "Booty Bounce," by a female singer named Dev.  When Far East Movement was working on a new song about going out on the town, their producer, who wrote "Booty Bounce," suggested they sample it on the new track.  They called up Dev and had her re-sing her part, and "Like a G6" was born.  The group posted it online and in three months, the track had a million views.

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